Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

59

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

54

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Really small
Size
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Size
Really small
Compact 103x55x24 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$183.10 vs $289.99
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The best price we've seen is $107 cheaper (around 40% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX78:f/2.5
              DMC-FX700:f/2.2
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $149

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $99

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $330

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $139

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $200 - $207

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Much larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $97

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $326 - $399

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $679 - $1,000 body only

              $900 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000

              Travel zoom

              $216

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen

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